Saturday, May 13, 2017

Shhh . . . Can You Keep a Secret?

Shhh . . .

Can you keep a secret?

Mother's Day Surprise

out on the terrace in a favorite spot.

I'm going to pamper my mom with 

delicious tea time goodies.

Big, beautiful magnolia blooms

will fill the air with their sweet fragrance.

There will be fresh biscuits 

with dad's yummy kumquat marmalade .   .   .

You can find the recipe here.

And a cup of my mom's 

new favorite green tea.

It's a blend of green jasmine tea with

hibiscus, sweet rose, and soothing cornflowers

made especially for Williams Sonoma.

My mom says it's delicious!

She likes to sweeten her tea with a

drizzle of Tupelo honey.

Maybe she'll share some goodies with me.

I love to eat!

Happy Mother's Day!

What are you going to do to pamper 

your mom on Mother's Day?

MacKenzie-Childs ~ Courtly Check Enamel Ware

MacKenzie-Childs ~ Taylor Ceramics

Grace's Teaware ~ Cup and Saucer

Susan Branch ~ Mother's Day Tiara

Williams Sonoma ~ Fortnum and Mason Mother's Day Blend


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Alfresco May Day Lunch

It has been a glorious spring here in Texas.
The cool, sunny days this time of year
remind me of why I love living in Austin.

May 1st is known as May Day around the world.
In many places, it is a day filled with marches and protests,
but for me, May Day is about flowers and 
sharing a sweet bouquet with family and friends.
I fondly remember the tradition of May Pole dances
in the early years of my elementary school days.
We made May Baskets and left them as gifts for others.

When a cousin phoned to say she wanted
to spend some time together on Monday,
I decided it was the perfect opportunity to set an
alfresco lunch out on our terrace.

Everyone knows I love an excuse to set a pretty table,
so the impromptu visit had me gathering up
my favorite MacKenzie-Childs 
dishes to set our table.

A gift bouquet of tulips were added to
another small bouquet of mixed flowers to fill my sweet
Rose Cottage vase from MacKenzie-Childs' Taylor Ceramics.

Each setting began with a Courtly Check charger.
Fluted edged dinner plate in King Ferry
was paired with a mini compote in Dublin Hill.

This setting is a dinner plate in Madison
paired with a mini compote in Glen Park.

Plaid and floral napkins by April Cornell
and golden bee napkin rings were a nod to the
whimsey of MacKenzie-Childs.

Refreshing iced tea .   .   .

With a slice of lemon hit the 
spot as we sat down to enjoy lunch.

Chicken salad in avocado boats and
a side of fruit was served with a choice of soup.

I had a delicious
Canadian Cheese Soup.

Karyn enjoyed a 
cup of tasty lentil soup.

Terra Beauregard Sweet Potato chips
added something crunchy.

Dessert waited under this hand-painted
glassware cloche in the Tulip pattern.

Chocolate covered coconut macaroons
along side cranberry and orange coconut macaroons
were picked up from Whole Foods.

What a treat to have my 
sweet cousin stop by for a visit.
Click here to read another post that features 
Karyn's 50th Birthday Luncheon.

Thanks for joining me today.
Happy Month of May!

For more information about these beautiful 
MacKenzie-Childs dishes, 
pop back over to my previous post here.
You can order these retired patterns through May 14th